Diabetes is a disease that impairs the body’s ability to use food properly. Normally, your small intestine takes out the sugar, or glucose, and puts it into your blood. The glucose is burned as fuel to give your cells energy to do their jobs. To get into the cells, the glucose needs insulin. Insulin is a hormone produced by the pancreas. Insulin acts like a key to open the cells and let glucose in. In people with diabetes, the pancreas does not make enough insulin. The cells that make insulin have been destroyed.
Camp Kno-Koma 2023 will be held from July 9th to the 15th at Greenbrier Youth Camp, located in the Monongahela National Forest, near Anthony, WV for diabetic children ages 7 through 15. From dawn’s first light , the campers will find themselves actively involved and delighted by the numerous activities that await, including tubing down the Greenbrier River, canoeing, swimming, archery, biking and much, much more.
*Note – The camp location is NOT the same address as our office contact address. Please see your camp letter for appropriate directions to camp. The pin in this map shows the exact camp location, just North of Lewisburg. Enter “Greenbrier County Youth Camp” in Google Maps to get driving directions from your location.
The mission of the Diabetes Camp of West Virginia, Inc. is to serve as a non-profit organization with the goal of providing Camp Kno-Koma, a summer camping experience for children with diabetes in and around the state of WV. Camp Kno-Koma believes that there are 3 basic principles to a great camp experience: Adventure, Education and Friendship. Camp Kno-Koma has remained steadfast in these principles for over 60 years.
The physicians, nurses, dieticians, and other medical support staff and counselors will let mom and dad rest easier and have peace of mind during their child’s camping adventure. These health professionals realize the need for close medical supervision and they make it their # 1 priority, so the camper can make having fun their # 1 priority.
Camp costs approximately $550 per camper; however, we are able to offer subsidized rates for camp due to the many donors that support our program. Every year the people of West Virginia donate money and supplies so that children can attend Camp Kno-Koma. We extend our gratitude for all the donors that make camp possible.